Benghazi attack and the NATO cover-up
Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:47AM
As for US Ambassador Christopher Stevens, he had promoted Libya’s destruction, having arrived in Benghazi in April 2011 for that purpose, and remained there throughout the NATO seven-month aerial bombardment of Libya. His job was to coordinate the NATO-backed terrorists.After Libya was destroyed, Stevens had used a Tripoli hotel as his base, since the Green Resistance had burned down the US embassy in the capital, Tripoli. When the Resistance tried to kill him with a car bomb outside the hotel, Stevens moved to the villas in Benghazi, a city in the east of the country whose inhabitants tend to be pro-US and which has long been a hotbed of Islamist jihadis, many of them furnishing the ranks of NATO’s Afghan Mujahideen in the 1980s and later al-Qaeda. That was over a year ago. (Stevens formally became Obama’s ambassador to Libya in May 2012.) Stevens was outgoing, and had so underestimated the Green Resistance that he enjoyed jogging in the streets of Benghazi and elsewhere in Libya. Everyone knew that he and his American staff were present. One figure among the pro-NATO terrorists, Ahmed al-Abbar, says of Stevens: “He was loved by everybody [that is, in Benghazi].” Stevens’ popularity with the Benghazi traitors added to the fury of the Green Resistance when they eventually attacked the US site in Benghazi. Thus, contrary to claims by Western media outlets such as the British Independent, there were no “major security breaches,” and no “mystery” about the attack. All such claims are red herrings designed to distract from the reality of the Green Resistance. They All Admitted the Truth at First The morning after the Benghazi attack, on September 12, the NATO puppets unwittingly admitted the truth about the “Tahloob” (Green Resistance), and whined that NATO was not doing enough to help crush it. Libyan Deputy Interior Minister Wanis al-Sharif admitted this in a Benghazi news conference, which was later broadcast on Al Jazeera television. Libya’s Prime Minister Abdurrahim el-Keib also admitted it, as did Libya’s President Mohammed el-Magariaf, as well as Ali Aujali, Libya’s ambassador to Washington, plus Ibrahim Dabbashi, Libya's ambassador to the UN. All of them said that Gaddafi loyalists had attacked the US site in Benghazi. They would quickly change their tune under pressure from their NATO masters. Back on August 24, 2012, Time magazine had noted that Gaddafi “still commands silent admiration in many parts of Libya.” The article quoted President el-Magariaf as saying, “We know that Gaddafi loyalists are behind these bombings [since the overthrow of Gaddafi]. In the last few months, the security services have intensified their campaign against Bani Walid and Tarhuna.” Bani Walid is a loyalist stronghold whose people held key positions in Gaddafi’s security services. It was also the last city outside of Gaddafi’s birthplace of Sirte to fall to NATO-backed terrorists on January 23, 2012. Magariaf is from Benghazi, and spent 30 years in the US being groomed for the time when NATO would destroy Libya. On August 9, 2012, NATO installed him as Libya’s head of state after an “election,” Magariaf is allied with the Muslim Brotherhood, which is aligned with NATO. The initial admissions of the truth about the Green Resistance were made on the morning after the attack. Within hours, however, all top Libyan officials, acting under NATO orders, changed their tune, merely calling the attackers “foreign extremists.” Magariaf, the president installed by NATO, went to Benghazi three days after the attack, and declared that “al-Qaeda did it”. One bureaucrat who would not adopt the NATO spin was Prime Minister Abdurrahim el-Keib, who continued to insist that Gaddafi loyalists were the perpetrators. Therefore, NATO dismissed him as Libya’s prime minister, and replaced him with Mustafa Abushagur, the day after the Benghazi incident. Abushagur had lived most of his life in the USA, and had always been an enemy of Gaddafi. Like so many other US-installed bureaucrats, he had returned to Benghazi in May 2011 during the NATO-instigated insurgency. Some alternative news outlets acknowledge the truth about the Green Resistance, for example, the Inter Press News Service, which is a non-profit outlet. IPS spoke with armed Gaddafi loyalists who vowed that they will step up their fight. Government sources alternately claim the perpetrators are former Gaddafi loyalists or Islamists. Further confusion arises from a government clampdown on the dissemination of information in the local media, and by Libyan security forces preventing foreign journalists from covering the scenes of attacks first-hand, or taking pictures. The Libyan bureaucrats’ clampdown on media information is understandable, since they want to hamper solidarity with the Green Resistance. Mass Denial Regarding the Benghazi incident, the mass denial begins with basic facts. For example, most people refer to “the US consulate,” when in reality the US site in Benghazi was not an embassy or a consulate, or even a “compound.” It was a collection of villas (that is, a gated community) privately owned by one Mohammad al-Bishari, who was leasing the villas to US State Department personnel. Collectively the villas were what the US State Department calls an “interim facility.” It had a level of security known as “simple lock and key,” meaning it had no bulletproof glass, reinforced doors, US Marines, or other features common to embassies and consulates. (In Mexico, for example, Washington has an embassy and 22 consulates, but in Libya the US government had only a single embassy in Tripoli -- and then, after the NATO bombardment campaign, used the Benghazi villas.) The corporate media falsely use the term “US consulate” to make it seem that “terrorists attacked US sovereignty.” This justifies the “war on terror,” plus the past destruction of Libya. Furthermore, the Obama regime calls the privately owned group of villas a “compound” in order to make it seem that the (non-existent) “protesters” brazenly stormed a fortress similar to the massive US embassy complex in Baghdad. There Were No Protesters in Benghazi The White House claims that protesters against that anti-Muslim video “spontaneously” attacked the so-called “consulate.” In reality there were no protesters anywhere in Benghazi at the time of the attack. When Fox News questioned US officials about this, the officials admitted the truth. Nonetheless, the Obama administration/regime continues to insist that “protesters did it.” This lie not only conceals the Green Resistance; it also makes Muslims all seem irrational, thereby justifying imperialist aggression (that is, the “war on terror”). The absence of protesters was confirmed by one of the eight Libyans guarding the private group of villas used by Ambassador Stevens and his staff. The eyewitness, aged 27, is being treated in a hospital for five shrapnel wounds in one leg, and two bullet wounds in the other. He asked that his name be withheld, and that the hospital not be identified, for fear that “militants” (that is, the Green Resistance) would track him down and kill him. Of the eight Libyan security guards, the eyewitness and four others had been hired by a British firm. The remaining three were members of Libya’s 17th of February Brigade, a group of pro-NATO terrorists formed at the start of the NATO campaign to destroy Gaddafi and Libyan society. In an interview with McClatchy news service last Thursday (September 13, 2012) the eyewitness said there were no protesters at all. “The Americans would have left if there had been protesters, but there wasn’t a single ant. The area was totally quiet until about 9:35 p.m., when as many as 125 men attacked with machine guns, grenades, RPGs, and anti-aircraft weapons. They threw grenades into the villas, wounding me and knocking me down. Then they stormed through the facility’s main gate, moving from villa to villa.” That does not sound like a “spontaneous protest” against a blasphemous B-movie that suddenly appeared on the Internet, as the White House and others claim; rather, it was a sharply executed military strike that must have been planned meticulously well in advance. The eyewitness managed to escape by telling one of the attackers that he was only a gardener in the gated community. His account is consistent with that of Mohammad al-Bishari, who owns the villas, and was leasing them to the US government. Bishari gave his own account on September 12, the day after the attack. Ambassador Stevens was overcome by “severe asphyxia” (smoke inhalation), and was still alive after the attack. Pro-US Libyans in Benghazi carried him to the Benghazi Medical center, where he died later in the night. Resistance Grows NATO destroyed Libya and reduced its people to poverty and violence. In the post-destruction chaos, there are family feuds and inter-militia rivalries. There are long-standing disputes over land, plus long-standing friction between Arabs and Berbers. However, we shall focus on Resistance attacks against NATO targets, and Resistance assassinations of Libyan figures that betrayed Gaddafi and sided with NATO. The following are only some of the “scores.” On March 18, 2012, in the Tripoli neighborhood of Abu Salim (a pro-Gaddafi stronghold) local members of the Green Resistance had a shoot-out with a pro-NATO militia group from Zintan led by one Mohammed el-Rebay. (Zintan is a province in Libya’s western mountains.) The Resistance managed to kill one of the Zintan terrorists, who had been using a Tripoli school as their base. In April 2012, the Resistance detonated a roadside bomb beside a UN convoy that included Ian Martin, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Libya. On April 29, 2012, the lifeless body of Shukri Ghanem, Gaddafi’s former oil minister, was found floating in the River Danube. In May 2011, Ghanem had joined NATO, and went off to reside in London and then Vienna. On May 2, 2012, the Green Resistance claimed responsibility for assassinating General Albarrani Shkal, a former military governor of Tripoli who had demobilized the 38,000 men of his guard and opened the gates of Tripoli to foreign troops during Operation Mermaid Dawn, the sacking of Tripoli that began on August 20, 2011. (Tripoli’s nickname is “The Mermaid.”) On May 15, 2012, Khaled Abu Salah, a candidate for the Constituent Assembly controlled by NATO, was assassinated near the oasis town of Ubari in southwest Libya. On May 22, 2012, a rocket-propelled grenade targeted the headquarters of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Benghazi, but caused only structural damage to the premises. The ICRC is headquartered in Geneva, and its foreign offices are often used as cover by Western intelligence agencies, such as MI6 or the CIA. On May 26, 2012, Mukhtar Fernana, head of the Military Council for the Western Region, survived an assassination attempt. On June 5, 2012, the Resistance detonated a bomb in front of the US-operated building in Tripoli, damaging its gates. On June 11, 2012, in Benghazi’s al-Rabha neighborhood, the Resistance fired an RPG at a convoy that carried British Ambassador Dominic Asquith, wounding two of his bodyguards. Back in July 2011, Abdel-Fattah Younis, the former Gaddafi loyalist turned “rebel” military commander, was assassinated. On June 22, 2012, the judge investigating the death of Younis was himself assassinated in Benghazi. On July 28, 2012, Suleiman Buzraidah was killed in a drive-by shooting while he was en route to a Benghazi mosque. Buzraidah had been a military intelligence official under Gaddafi, but betrayed him to join the NATO-backed terrorists. On July 29, 2012, Khalifa Belqasim Haftar narrowly survived an assassination attempt. Formerly one of Gaddafi’s army commanders, in 1988 he betrayed Gaddafi and lived for 23 years under US government protection near CIA headquarters in Virginia. He returned to Libya during the NATO-led insurgency, hoping that after Gaddafi’s death, he would be made commander-in-chief of the Libyan military (controlled by NATO). However, he had to settle for third place in the hierarchy, and was given the rank of Lt. General before the Resistance caught up with him. Last month was an especially active four weeks for the Resistance. Security buildings and hotels in Benghazi were rocked by bomb attacks and attempted attacks. Foreign diplomatic staff and embassies were targeted. US embassy staff in Tripoli escaped an attempted carjacking. On August 10, 2012, eight Resistance members escaped from the Al Fornaj prison in Tripoli after a coordinated attack. Gunmen in pickup trucks outside the prison shot at security guards, while prisoners inside set sections of the prison on fire and managed to overpower a number of guards. This was the third Resistance attack on the prison since the murder of Gaddafi. On August 18, 2012, the Green Resistance detonated a car bomb outside the Four Seasons Hotel on Omar al-Mukhtar Street in Tripoli. The target was a vehicle being used by Benghazi security officials (installed by NATO) who were staying at the hotel. Afterwards, the NATO-installed bureaucrats sent heavily armed soldiers to prevent photographs being taken, and to forbid journalists from entering the area, so that word of the Green Resistance would not get out. A Libyan interior ministry official refused to comment further. The following day, the Resistance set off more car bombs in Tripoli. One bomb was near the administrative offices of the interior ministry (controlled by the NATO powers). Two other car bombs exploded minutes later near the former headquarters of a women’s police academy, which NATO now uses for interrogation and detentions. (The latter two bombs killed two passersby.) The next day in Benghazi (August 20, 2012) Resistance members tossed a bomb into the car of Abdel Hamid Refaii, the first secretary of the Egyptian embassy. This was outside Refaii’s house. However, the assassination bid failed. The day after that, the then Libyan Prime Minister Abdurrahim el-Keib condemned the Green Resistance in a televised speech, saying, “Desperate and malicious forces among the supporters of the former regime are trying to create tension, send Libya backwards to violence, and sabotage the country’s political process.” Tripoli’s security chief, Col Mahmoud Sherif, said Gaddafi loyalists were responsible for the spate of violent attacks. He ordered the arrest of 32 suspected Resistance members for interrogation. Indeed, the police in Tripoli (who now work for the NATO powers) are constantly occupied with defusing car bombs set by the Resistance. After the Resistance bombing of the former headquarters of a women’s police academy, the NATO puppets sent soldiers to raid a farm where Resistance members were holed up. Several of the Gaddafi loyalists were killed. One of the members who survived was alleged to have set up sleeper cells in Libya and to have been crisscrossing the border with Tunisia from where he and several comrades were smuggling weapons into Libya for the Resistance. On August 23, 2012, Abdelmenom al-Hur, official spokesperson for the Supreme Security Committee, installed by NATO, held a press conference in which he admitted that Gaddafi loyalists had penetrated many official security units. He said that a whole barracks full of heavy armaments was under the control of a pro-Gaddafi cell that he called the Awfia Brigade. (The group’s members call themselves the “Martyr Gaddafi Brigade.”) The same Resistance brigade had briefly occupied Tripoli International Airport back in June 2012. After the attack that killed Ambassador Stevens on September 11, 2012, the Resistance managed to shut down the Benina airport in Benghazi, which the US military was using as a drone base. With the Resistance firing at US drones, the airport had become unsafe. A Turkish Afriqiyah Airlines flight with 121 people onboard was forced to turn back to Istanbul. Conclusion The foregoing is only a partial list of Resistance activity over the past year, which has dramatically increased during the last three months, reaching a crescendo in August, and leading to the death of US Ambassador Christopher Stevens last week. The NATO powers had shifted their focus to destroying Syria, and on continuing their preparations to destroy Iran, while letting their Tripoli bureaucrats handle the Green Resistance in Libya. Now, however, the NATO powers realize that Libya is far from subjugated and that they are being seriously tasked with crushing the Resistance before it gains critical mass. Marines, drones, and warships have been sent to quash the Gaddafi loyalists -- but how to find them? Even the FBI declined to “investigate” the latest attack in Benghazi, realizing that it would be pointless.
Libya presents Washington with another Afghan nightmare -- only perhaps worse. If US drones start blasting Libyans, and the US military rounds up tens of thousands of suspected loyalists, then the Resistance can only become stronger. Of Libya’s 5.6 million people, only one in 10 (that is, the population of the eastern city of Benghazi) welcomed the NATO bondage and destruction of their country.Meanwhile, the NATO powers do not want the Western public to realize any of this awkward truth. They want you to think that all Libyans are happy under NATO’s “liberation” with their Islamist terrorist proxies. Some 50,000 Libyans lost their lives due to NATO’s bombing and ground campaign during 2011. And for what? Only for a Resistance to rise up to illustrate to the world that Libyans had their country stolen from them by NATO powers in a criminal war of aggression. The more the Libyan Green Resistance gains strength and challenges the NATO-imposed regime, the more clear it becomes that the Western governments and their media lied in their pretexts of “responsibility to protect (R2P)” human rights and democracy. Recall that these were the pretexts invoked by the NATO powers to justify setting up no-fly zones in Libya in March 2011. (The same pretexts are again being reiterated with regard to Syria.) But, as the growing Resistance illustrates, the Western powers did not “liberate” Libya; they invaded a sovereign country and killed massively to execute their real, criminal agenda of regime change and theft of oil resources. Now the people of Libya are resisting this criminal conquest. And that damning truth has to be expunged at all costs. Before the Benghazi incident, the corporate media had occasionally mentioned Gaddafi loyalists. After the incident, all such mention has suddenly ceased. The media say that “extremists” attacked the US site in Benghazi, or “al-Qaeda” or “Islamists” or “terrorists,” or “protesters” -- anyone but the Resistance. Not true. The Green Resistance lives, and furthermore it is only getting started. FC/MKR/HSN